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News of: Monday, 20th of February, 2012

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Govt moves to axe WB deal

Despite strong opposition from within, the government has moved to cancel the loan deal for the Padma bridge project with the World Bank to clear the way for an agreement with Malaysia or other potential donors.

Politics lacks trust, tolerance

Leaders of different political parties have stressed the need for mutual trust and understanding among political parties to build a prosperous Bangladesh in light with the spirit of the Liberation War.

Gloom despite potato boom

Not a crop failure, but a bumper yield is worrying potato growers in the country's northern districts.

Govt not bound to enact law

By passing a private member's resolution on the war crimes trial last Thursday, Parliament in fact expressed its opinion on the matter. The resolution says: “Parliament's opinion is that legal provisions be enacted to take action against those obstructing the war crimes trial…”And it is not binding upon the government to move for enacting a law to implement this resolution. Rather it is the government's discretion whether it will follow the resolution or not.

PM seeks int'l support

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought all-out support and solidarity of the international community towards Bangladesh's initiative for holding the trial of war criminals to establish truth and justice.

Mamata sticks to her Teesta guns

Paschimbanga Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has told Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai that her state's stance on Teesta water sharing with Bangladesh cannot be confirmed until a commission submits a report on the availability of water, sources said.

Dimensions of Ekushey

The shootings of February 21, 1952 would have ramifications no one could imagine at the time. One of those ramifications was a hardening of the Bangalee nation's resolve about asserting its democratic rights within the state of Pakistan. And that was most important, considering that the protests which erupted with Pakistan's leading politicians making a pitch for Urdu were a spontaneous expression of popular feelings.

Driver, two helpers killed by their truck!

A driver and his two assistants were crushed under the wheels of their truck when a covered-van rammed into the vehicle parked beside Dhaka-Chittagong highway in the capital's Jatrabari early yesterday.

Latvia rejects Russian as 2nd language

Campaigners aiming to make Russian the second official language of EU member state Latvia suffered a crushing defeat in a referendum Saturday which spotlighted ethnic divisions in the ex-Soviet republic.

MP filling up pond

The Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA) yesterday served a notice against ruling party lawmaker Enamul Haque, directing him to re-excavate the huge pond he had illegally been filling up in Meherchandi area in the city here, ignoring warnings twice.

BPL foreign players must pay taxes

Foreign cricketers, who are joining the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T-20 tournament, would not be allowed to leave the country without tax clearance papers of the NBR.

Dhaka eyes soft loan

A high-level government delegation will visit Moscow this month to seek a Russian soft loan for setting up a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna.

Govt wants to stay in power by any means

The ruling party has adopted different strategies to stay in power by any means, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said.

Target was to annihilate AL

Collaborationist forces were formed with Jamaat-e-Islami men and its front organisations during the Liberation War to annihilate the Awami League and unarmed pro-liberation people of Bangladesh, the prosecution told the International Crimes Tribunal yesterday.

Digital tools 'to save languages'

Facebook, YouTube and even texting will be the salvation of many of the world's endangered languages, scientists believe.

Major progress any moment

Nine days into the killing of a journalist couple, Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday said the murder investigation could have major progress “at any moment”.

Manarat, HURDCO fight hard

Students of the city's Manarat and HURDCO schools yesterday turned up with great enthusiasm for The Daily Star Spelling Bee contest.

Govt given a year to set up museum

The High Court yesterday gave the government nearly a year to set up a museum along with a library on the western side of the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka.

Robber killed in 'gunfight'

A leader of a robber gang was killed in a 'gunfight' between his cohorts and law enforcers at Baroikhali village under Morelganj upazila of Bagerhat district yesterday.

China detains Tibetan writer

Police in southwest China have detained a Tibetan writer amid scores of detentions in the region hit by anti-Chinese protests, a US-based broadcaster Radio Free Asia said yesterday.

China bus crashes kill 28

At least 28 people have been killed and dozens injured in three bus crashes in one day in southern China, state media reported yesterday.

United Airways plane makes emergency landing in Ctg

A flight of United Airways with 50 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong yesterday evening.

Editorial

Extortion the big issue

The issue of extortion has come in the news again, and this time through the mouth of another minister. The commerce minister must be complimented for not only acknowledging the existence of one of the deadliest cancers in the transport sector which is having a severe effect on our economy but unhesitatingly making public his views on the matter also.

Twenty-six potential markets

In the dismaying scenario of a fall in the recruitment of Bangladeshi migrant workers by the usual markets such as Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Kuwait, comes a ray of hope. The government of Bangladesh has stated that there are 26 countries that could be potential recruiting markets. With a bit of diplomacy Bangladesh believes that new markets could increase the number of jobs for migrant workers.

Sports

C'paul sinks Dhaka

Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul proved that age is not a factor in the newest version of the game as Khulna Royal Bengals kept up the momentum with an easy 7-wicket victory over Dhaka Gladiators in the BPL T20 at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday.

Groin injury or rift?

Will Tamim Iqbal play today?

Royals Burned

Barisal Burners broke their losing habit when they handed a nine-wicket defeat to the winless Sylhet Royals in their Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday.

India outgunned by Australia

A dominant Australia cruised to a 110-run win over India in their one-day international tri-series match in Brisbane on Sunday.

Jones fined, Razzaq hurt

Chittagong Kings technical director Dean Jones has been fined Tk 15,000 for entering the ground during the strategic time-out of their match against Duronto Rajshahi at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Saturday.

Siddikur finishes joint 17th

Siddikur Rahman finished the Avantha Masters with a flourish to end in joint 17th position yesterday. The 27-year old picked his game up in the last two rounds to finish with a seven-under-par (281) in the 2.4 million dollar event at the DLF Golf and Country Club on Sunday.

Cricket, not the teams

She was buying flags and t-shirts of both the teams -- Khulna Royal Bengals and Dhaka Gladiators -- for her friends and herself, but she is not a supporter of any of the teams.

Emeka escapes thru' murky bylaws

Despite not possessing an AFC-B equivalent license, Mohammedan's Nigerian coach Emeka Euzeigo looks likely to carry on with his job in the ongoing Grameen-phone Bangladesh Premier League, courtesy of loopholes in the league bylaws.

Levi rewrites T20 history

South Africa opener Richard Levi rewrote the record books as he hit a magnificent unbeaten 117 to propel his side to an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand in their second Twenty20 international at the Seddon Park ground in Hamilton on Sunday. Levi's 45-ball century was the fastest ever in T20 internationals and included the most sixes, with 13. His 117 run total also equalled the highest ever score by a batsman in a T20 international, matching the mark set by Chris Gayle of the West Indies against South Africa in 2007.

Azarenka, Stosur in Qatar Open final

World number one Victoria Azarenka overcame a second set injury scare to thrash Aginezska Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 and sweep into the final of the WTA Qatar Open on Saturday.

SA crush NZ

South Africa's Richard Levi rewrote the record books with a magnificent unbeaten 117 as the Proteas crushed New Zealand by eight wickets in the second Twenty20 international on Sunday.

KP, Cook bring series

Kevin Pietersen hit his eighth one-day hundred while Alastair Cook missed a third consecutive century as England crushed Pakistan by nine wickets in the third day-night match on Saturday.

MS suspended once again

India captain MS Dhoni was suspended for one match Sunday after his side's over rate was ruled to be too slow in their tri-series one-day international against Australia in Brisbane.

Local Snippets

Abahani posted their second successive victory in the Exim Bank-Noorjahan Group Shaheed Smriti Hockey Tournament when they beat Bangladesh Air Force 3-2 at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Madrid edge 13 ahead

Real Madrid went 13 points clear of Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday as Karim Benzema grabbed a double in a 4-0 win over 10-man Racing Santander.

Bad to worse for Gunners

Arsenal's miserable week got worse on Saturday when they were knocked out of the FA Cup in a 2-0 fifth round defeat at Sunderland while beleaguered Chelsea fared only slightly better by scraping a 1-1 draw against second tier Birmingham City.

Bayern draw leaves Dortmund smiling

Kevin Grosskreutz's 66th-minute bicycle kick gave champions Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 victory at lowly Hertha Berlin on Saturday and a three-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

Juve reclaim top spot

Juventus hit back to beat 10-man Catania 3-1 in Turin on Saturday and move back to the top of Serie A ahead of AC Milan's trip to Cesena on Sunday.

Support your own club: Jose

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho advised disgruntled fans of former clubs Chelsea and Inter Milan on Saturday to get behind their own coaches after they had chanted the Portuguese's name.

Business

Telcos seek more time to pay licence renewal fees

Four mobile operators will not pay outstanding fees for their licence renewal before they receive the certified copies of the High Court's verdict on the Grameenphone versus BTRC case.

InterContinental signs Ruposhi Bangla deal

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a leading global hotel chain, yesterday signed an agreement to take over the operations and management of Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in Dhaka.

Cash-strapped Kingfisher cancels Dhaka flights

Kingfisher Airlines cancelled its flight from Dhaka to Kolkata for the second day, along with several other flights out of India as the airline's financial trouble deepened.

Novo Nordisk launches new diabetes drug in Bangladesh

Novo Nordisk, one of the world's leading companies in diabetes care, yesterday launched its novel type 2 diabetes drug Victoza in Bangladesh.

EU parliamentary team meets Yunus on social business

A delegation from the European Parliament paid a courtesy visit to Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the latter's office at Yunus Centre in Dhaka yesterday.

Eight candidates to vie for DSE posts

Eight candidates will contest for four directors' posts of Dhaka Stock Exchange in this year's election to the bourse.

Don't shift tea auction from port city: Ctg chamber

The Chittagong Chamber president yesterday urged Commerce Minister GM Quader not to shift the process of tea auction from the port city to Srimangal.

Bond market needs tax benefit: analysts

A bond market cannot be developed without tax incentives, said chief executive officers of financial institutions after a meeting with Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman at his office yesterday.

Japanese delegation to visit Bangladesh

A 43-member business delegation from Japan representing small and medium entrepreneurs will pay a three-day visit on February 27 to explore new avenues of opportunities for trade and investment in Bangladesh.

Ctg businessmen call for quick fix to goods transportation

Businessmen in the port city on Saturday made a three-point recommendation to mitigate the problems for goods transportation on Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

SEC extends subscription time for Saiham Textile's rights offer

The Securities and Exchange Commission extended the subscription time for Saiham Textile Mills' rights issue to March 5.

Justifying brand investments

Every brand manager knows the brand is a valuable corporate asset. It differentiates often-undifferentiated products from "me too" competitors. It generally represents unrivalled intellectual property, builds ongoing bonds with consumers, enables premium pricing and has a whole litany of other values that are important to the organisation.

Drugmakers leaving Europe as crisis saps returns

Europe's debt crisis is not only making its citizens poorer, it is also reducing their access to cutting-edge medicines. Cash-strapped governments have slashed drug prices, racked up close to $20 billion in unpaid bills for treatments and are becoming increasingly reluctant to pay for innovation.

Myanmar's economic promise faces pitfalls

Resource-rich Myanmar is seen as a hot new business frontier as reforms tempt investors, but with currency distortions and a banking system in tatters, analysts warn the economy could be slow to bloom.

Metropolitan

Routes to Central Shaheed Minar

Dhaka Metropolitan Police declared a special traffic management for Central Shaheed Minar and its adjoining areas marking International Mother Language Day tomorrow (February 21).

Non-Bangladeshi Samaritans offer new lease to life

Just when sheer hopelessness was taking hold of 13 Bangladeshi workers abandoned by their employers in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, a ray of hope shone upon them in the form of two female non-Bangladeshi Samaritans.

EC should be more legally, economically empowered

The Election Commission should be more empowered, both legally and economically, so that its decisions go unchallenged and it can bear its expenses without depending on the government, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.

Politics of dead bodies over

Exhorting her political arch rival Khaleda Zia to stop doing “politics over dead bodies”, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the days were gone when dead bodies were the pathway to power.

200 shanties gutted

Around 200 shanties were gutted as a fire swept through a slum in Narayanganj city yesterday.

Country not safe under AL

Urging professionals to be united against the government to protect the country, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the ruling Awami League has taken up different strategies to stay in power by any means.

16 killed, 93 injured in road crashes

Sixteen people were killed and 93 others injured in separate road accidents in Rajbari, Tangail, Narail, Chittagong, Netrakona, Mymensingh and Lalmonirhat yesterday.

Hope of unity in Ctg AL

Rival faction leaders of Awami League (AL) Chittagong city unit yesterday shared the same stage, for the second time in the last four days, creating hope among the party men who want an end to the long existing factional rivalry in the unit.

Edn UK exhibition begins March 1

The 14th annual education UK exhibition 2012 will begin in the city on March 1 and in Chittagong on March 4.

Contribute to nation building

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called upon the student organisations to contribute more to the nation building activities by upholding their past glorious history.

Punish those guilty in Hathazari violence

Advocate Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of the central committee of Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad, demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the guilty persons who violated, vandalised and set fire to different temples at Hathazari upazila in Chittagong on February 9 and 10.

A re-creation of history

“Who is this man, mother?” chimes a six-year-old Samiha pointing her index finger at a black and white picture of a man wearing a dhuti with his arms crossed.

Hearing on March 4

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) further deferred till March 4 the scheduled hearing yesterday on charge framing against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah for his alleged crimes against humanity.

'91 graft case against Hawladar to continue

The High Court has paved the way for a lower court to resume the proceedings of a corruption case filed against Jatiya Party Secretary General ABM Ruhul Amin Hawladar more than 20 years ago.

DUJ for wage board

Leaders of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday threatened to go for tougher movement if the government do not form eighth wage board immediately.

'Home minister should resign’

Home Minister Shahara Khatun should resign for her failure to unveil the mystery behind the journalist couple murder though more than a week has passed into the killings, demanded BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday.

Another JU asstt proctor resigns

Another assistant proctor of Jahangirnagar University (JU) resigned under the pressure of a group of teachers of the university.

New Age editor, publisher, journo reprimanded

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday reprimanded the editor, publisher and a journalist of the daily New Age and issued a serious caution against them for publishing a 'highly contemptuous' article in October last year.

Minor boy hit by train dies

A deaf boy was killed when a train hit him at the outer signal of Shambhuganj Railway Station in the district's Sadar upazila yesterday.

Call to ensure fundamental rights of Dalit community

A political consensus is necessary for the Dalit community while everyone should come forward to ensure their fundamental rights, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

‘EU to ease visa process’

Speakers at a press conference yesterday said the European Union (EU) recently unveiled a lot of tactics regarding getting visa and visiting European countries.

Charge framing against Sylhet BNP chief Feb 28

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate yesterday set February 28 for framing charges against district BNP president M Ilyas Ali in five cases for vandalising vehicles and setting a passenger bus afire in the city on December 18 last year.

AL-led 14-party meets today

The ruling Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine sits today to discuss the country's latest socio-economic and political situation.

Court orders probe against ASP

A Dhaka court yesterday ordered police to submit a probe report by April 12 in a case filed against an assistant superintendent of police (ASP) for concealing his religious identity during marriage to a Muslim woman.

Housewife 'commits suicide' in Ctg

A housewife reportedly committed suicide hanging from the ceiling fan of her bedroom in Mohara area under Chandgaon Police Station in the port city on Saturday night.

3 held with 1.8kg opium

Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrested three people with 1.8 kilogrammes of opium from MM Ali road area in Chittagong city on Saturday.

Rajshahi daily's website hacked

The official website of a Bangla newspaper published in Rajshahi, Daily Sun Shine, was hacked yesterday.

Kazi Akram's anniversary of death today

Today is the 12th death anniversary of Kazi Akram Hossain, former president of Bangladesh Chhatra Union.

Obituary

Safiqul Haider, EVP and in-charge of Crystal Insurance Company Ltd, passed away at his Goran residence in the city early Wednesday night.

Begum Rashida

Begum Rashida Chowdhury, mother of a USA expatriate Prof Chowdhury Hafijul Ahsan, passed away yesterday at the age of 74.

Syeda Sadeka Begum

Syeda Sadeka Begum, mother of Syed Mahbub Morshed, senior reporter of Daily Naya Diganta, passed away due to old age complications on Friday at the age of 65.

National

5 'abducted' youths of Bhola, Barguna still untraced

Five youths of Bhola and Barguna districts, who went missing from the capital during the last four months, are still untraced.

Changing society from within

Barefooted researchers and facilitators are doing better engaging themselves in different activities under a project jointly taken up by Hunger Project and Brac in three upazilas of the district.

They forget their 'most revered' Shaheed Minar after every Feb

The district central Shaheed Minar in Saptana area is in a bad shape due to lack of proper maintenance since its construction in 1968.

Jessore education board faces manpower crisis

Activities at Jessore Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board are seriously being hampered due to acute manpower shortage.

Two rescued, 5 alleged abductors arrested

Police rescued two abducted men in Rangpur and Jhenidah and arrested five people in this connection on Saturday.

4 cotton godowns gutted in Pabna

Fire incidents in Pabna and Munshiganj yesterday gutted four cotton godowns and at least 12 shops.

Robbers loot bank in Munshinganj

Robbers looted Tk 5 lakh from Baluchar branch of the Sonali Bank in Sirajdikhan upazila of the district early yesterday.

BCL men at MMC ransack adminstrative building

Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Mymensingh Medical College ransacked the administrative building of the college yesterday, demanding renaming of the college auditorium, witnesses said.

AL leader murdered

A local Awami League leader was murdered in Bhuapur upazila yesterday. Victim Abul Mannan Mondol, 50, was the law secretary of AL Gabsara union unit. Quoting family members, Harez Ali Miah, officer in-charge of Bhuapur police station, said Mondol went out of his house at Char Bihari village in the upazila Saturday morning for going to Pabna. But locals found his body in a bush at Ruhuli village yesterday morning and informed police. His hands and legs were found tied up with rope. “Several stab injury marks were found in his body,” the OC said. However, he could not say anything about the motive behind the killing.

Housewife commits 'suicide'

A housewife allegedly killed herself by hanging from the branch of a tree beside their house at Tajpur village in Singra upazila on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Runa Begum, 24, wife of Abdul Matin of the village. Fayesur Rahman, officer in-charge of Singra police station, said quoting locals Runa committed suicide at around 1:00am following an altercation with her husband over a trifling matter. After postmortem, his body was handed over to his family members on Saturday night.

BCL men sent to jail

A court here yesterday sent four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, including the vice-president and general secretary of Pirojpur Government Suhrawary College students union, to jail in connection with a case filed against them. Chief Judicial Magistrate Mahbubur Rahman passed the order when they surrendered to the court in compliance with a High Court order. Campus sources said the principal of the college filed a case on September 20 last year against BCL-dominated students' union's VP Faisal Mahmud Shuvo, GS KM Mejbah Uddin, and members Mashiur Rahman Shuvo and Mamun Shikdar on charges of ransacking his office, demanding tolls from him and taking signature of the college treasurer on a cheque at gunpoint. The accused secured an ad interim bail from the High Court for four months. Granting the bail, the HC had ordered them to surrender to the lower court.

Letters

Political violence on campus

The recent occurrences of violent activities at different university campuses are at the same time shocking and alarming. People running wild with machetes, iron rods and injuring and murdering others inside the university premises; the reality is probably even worse than our nightmares. This violence must be stopped at all costs.

BPL and batting power play

It's very refreshing to see BPL T20 being played here in Bangladesh.

Malnourished children

According to a recent report of Save the Children, 500 million children in the world could grow up physically and mentally stunted over the next 15 years because they do not have enough to eat. The survey was carried out in Bangladesh, India, Peru, Pakistan and Nigeria where half the world's malnourished children live.

Airport of most agonising delay

I would like to bring to the attention of Biman and the Bangladesh Government Ministry of Tourism about the unacceptably long delays in getting checked bags from flights landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International airport in Dhaka. For example, on December 27, 2011 we had to wait three hours after our Gulf Air flight (GF 250) from Bahrain landed in Dhaka. This is too long a delay, by any standard.

Govt. should speak rationally

On February 15, 2012, readers' comments were published in response to The Daily Star news report headlined "Journalist couple killed". All the comments were true to the point and Jumana Sarwar's comment was very interesting. It said, "The roaring home minister, who reminds the nation that law and order is better than anytime in the past, will again blame the opposition of being part of the conspiracy to stop the war crimes trial."

Mindless remarks of ministers

Last year the commerce minister said food prices would reduce if people ate less. The LGRD minister and Secy-Gen of the ruling party ignores the daily killings on our borders as “incidents” of no consequence. The communications minister thinks the more illiterate the bus/truck driver, the better; while another minister said that it was sufficient if they (the drivers) could identify a goat or a cow on the road. Today the shipping minister, also the transport big-wig, wants tolls and extortion to be legalised to stop rampant corruption in the transport sector. Half the prime minister's time is spent in warning various ministers, members of parliament, government officials and party men to behave, all to no avail. Will the home and population ministers, tomorrow, declare that Sagar and Runi actually volunteered to reduce our population? Are we supposed to listen in awe their “wise words”?

Brutality of the BSF

This report was published on 12th February in most local dailies, of the inhuman torture inflicted on a Bangladeshi woman by the brutal Indian BSF personnel. To add salt to our wound, the BSF Chief said the other day that "shooting will be necessary”! It reflects the actual state of mind of those Indian ruling class when this is the opinion of their high and responsible official! It is worst than what we had heard about the Nazi brutality in the World War (1939-43) days. How can we have friendly relations with such a cruel country? Their brutality at the border, seems to be the rule, rather than exception.

Dual citizenship

I am writing this not to hurt anyone with any malicious intention, but to share my thoughts as to what I feel after having observed many things in and around the country as well through interactions with friends and relations living in foreign countries as immigrants.

Humayun Faridee's death has left a void in art, culture

Humayun Faridee was a charismatic actor and a devoted theatre personality in Bangla drama. In my childhood, I watched 'Shangsaptak', a Bangla super hit small-screen drama where he played the role of Ramzan. Since then he has been my favourite artist. This powerful actor mesmerised thousands of audience at home and abroad. Humayun Faridee also played a great role for the development of theatre. His absence will make a permanent void in the arena of drama and culture.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “AL, BNP shift a little, show some hope”

International

Sanctions disintegrating Syria govt

The Syrian economy is being crippled by foreign sanctions and the government is "slowly disintegrating" under anti-regime protests, a leading Syrian businessman told the BBC on Sunday.

Iran 'may boost nuclear programme'

Iran may be poised to expand its nuclear programme at an underground site near the city of Qom, a Vienna-based diplomat told the BBC yesterday.

Iran halts oil sales to France, Britain

Iran has halted its limited oil sales to France and Britain in retaliation for a phased EU ban on Iranian oil that is yet to take full effect, the oil ministry said yesterday.

N Korea warns of retaliation

North Korea's military yesterday warned it would bombard islands near the disputed Yellow Sea border with South Korea in retaliation of Seoul's planned regular naval live-fire drill in the area.

Philippine's bachelor leader hopes to find a wife

The Philippines' middle-aged bachelor president Benigno Aquino said yesterday he was still hoping to find a wife, saying it would make him a better leader.

Blast kills 15 at Iraq police academy

A suicide car bomber blew himself up in front of a Baghdad police academy yesterday, killing 15 people and wounding 21 others in the deadliest attack for weeks in the Iraqi capital, security officials said.

Gillard in leadership challenge

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday insisted she was the right person to lead the country, dismissing as "gossip" talk of a possible leadership challenge from within her party after months of poor polls.

Mamata trouble for Congress, again

For the Congress, a fresh salvo from ally Trinamool Congress, objecting to the setting up of a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), along with other fellow Chief Ministers, could not have come at a worse moment: the party is not just in the midst of a tough election in Uttar Pradesh, there was also disappointing news coming in from Maharashtra on the Corporation polls.

Santorum questions Obama's faith

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum challenged President Barack Obama's Christian beliefs on Saturday, saying White House policies were motivated by a "different theology."

Egypt presidential polls delayed

Egypt's first presidential elections since a popular uprising ousted veteran leader Hosni Mubarak a year ago will be held in the first week of June, officials were quoted as saying yesterday.

Wildfires kill 339,000 per year

Wildfires, peat fires and controlled burns on farming lands kill 339,000 people worldwide each year, said a study released on Saturday that is the first to estimate a death toll for landscape fires.

Fourth round of UP polls begin

Uttar Pradesh saw brisk polling by yesterday afternoon, with a large number of voters exercising their franchise in the fourth round of the seven-round elections to elect a new Assembly. Balloting was done in 56 constituencies, including in Lucknow.

Arts & Entertainment

Promoting Bangladeshi culture

A colourful rally, led by Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad and BSA Director General Liakat Ali Lucky, complete with singers and dancers, made its way through the academy precincts yesterday.

“Studied Reflections”

Radius Art Gallery, a newly opened art gallery in Gulshan, has organised a group art exhibition titled “Studied Reflections” featuring the works of six painters: Mahmudul Haque, Abdus Shakoor Shah, Ranjit Das, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Anisuzzaman and Tarikat Islam. The themes of the works are varied and most of the painters carry their personal hallmark. The mediums are acrylic and woodcut.

“It is a call of the soul,”

Children's author Amirul Islam published his first book of rhymes or 'Chhoras' - “Khamkheyali” in 1984. The book earned him the Agrani Bank Children's Literature award and kick-started his journey as a popular writer of the genre.

Tribute to the iconic Baul

As a tribute to legendary Baul singer Shah Abdul Karim, Banglalink organised a two-day festival titled, Shah Abdul Karim Loko Utshob 2012. The festivities began on February 18 in Ujadhol, Derai, Shunamganj with people turning up in large numbers to enjoy spellbinding Baul concerts and dances, says a press release.

Celebrating 60 years of the Language Movement

“Jibon Theke Neya”, a political satire based on the Bengali Language Movement, written and directed by Zahir Raihan, was screened at central Shaheed Minar premises in Manikganj on Saturday evening. Muktijuddha O Jonosnaskriti Charcha Kendro, a local organisation, and Heeralal Sen Chalochchitro Sangsad jointly organised the film screening to commemorate 60 years of the Language Movement.

OP-ED

Why the need for a new law?

Members of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) or national parliament are known as lawmakers. So, by definition their main function in the JS is to frame laws. One is, therefore, hardly surprised when last Thursday February 16, 2012 the lawmakers of the ruling Awami League (AL) in a motion resolved that those who are out to obstruct the trial of war criminals should be punished by the government. To this end, they passed a motion in the JS so that the resolution thus adopted may pave the way for enactment of a law.

2G spectrum judgment damages UPA: Correct course or perish

The Indian Supreme Court's judgment in the 2G-spectrum case cancelling all the 122 mobile telephony licences issued in 2008 is a slap in the face of the United Progressive Alliance government. The licences were the end-product of an illegitimate process begun in the early 2000s which, the Court held, violates the public interest and "Constitutional principles."

Is it ever too late to seek justice?

The ugly spectre of war criminals in our community is creeping its way back onto the national agenda. Efforts to hold some of the perpetrators of war crimes in 1971 accountable continue today, raising the questions: is it ever too late to pay for a crime? Is justice delayed justice denied?

The Daily Star's wish list: A far cry

The Daily Star's 19-point wish list published in its edition dated 6th January, in line with the election pledge of the Awami League (AL) Government reflects the hopes and aspirations, not of the AL but also of the nation as a whole. Fulfillment of the wishes so enumerated would have indeed resulted in "Din Badal" and would have profound effect towards achieving good governance in the country and establishment of a truly democratic polity. What are chances for these to be fulfilled?

Old word gets new meaning

Yes, it's time for an exciting new episode of Evolving English! For 14 billion years, since the BBC invented English to report the Big Bang, the word 'accident' meant “unwanted, unintended incident”.

This Day In History

February 20

1872
In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.



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